ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

SNAP at Farmers Markets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides low-income people with a monthly benefit for food. It’s similar to what was once known as food stamps, but the funds are distributed through electronic cards. Many farmers […]Read More ▶▶

Closing Out the Season

As the summer growing season slips away, farmers are looking ahead. Even when pumpkin vines wither in the field and farmers pull out the last of their tomato plants, the growing season is never truly over. One of the last […]Read More ▶▶

The Next Generation of Holt Orchards

Holt Orchards in Flat Rock, North Carolina has a legacy worth saving. A brother and sister team, Todd Kirmss and Tracy Cavagnaro, left their jobs in 2009 to come back to the family orchard full-time. The orchard was originally their […]Read More ▶▶

Apples for Everyone

It’s a warm afternoon at the River Arts District farmers market in Asheville North Carolina. Cars whizz past on the busy road as farmers set up their tents. Summer produce is everywhere, but it’s definitely fall at this booth. It’s […]Read More ▶▶

Fall Farm Adventures

Pumpkins, apples, and corn mazes are the hallmarks of fall. Local orchards are full of families picking apples and eating cider doughnuts. Kids dart through corn mazes, and in just a few weeks, crowds will descend on pumpkin patches to […]Read More ▶▶

Breeze Into Autumn at Farmers Markets

Summer is making a swift exit. Crisp autumn mornings mean tomato season is on the way out, and though there are still some beautiful peppers to be found, late September marks a shift in the growing season. One of the […]Read More ▶▶

Back to School with Local Food

School is back in session. Kare learning new lessons, and so are their teachers. This month, educators from throughout the Southeast will converge at ASAP’s Southeast Farm to School Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. They’ll learn how to bring farm […]Read More ▶▶

When Berries Met Basil: An Ice Cream Love Story


Our First CSA: Mason and Luke

Joining a CSA can be an eye opening experience. With Community Supported Agriculture, community members support farmers by paying for food in the beginning of the season, and then they get a box of farm-fresh food each week. For Macon […]Read More ▶▶

Why I Support Local Food: Debra and Nelson

Knowing where their food comes from is “vitally important” to Deborah and Nelson Copp. They moved to East Asheville from San Diego five years ago and have embraced the local food movement since making the Southern Appalachians their full-time home. […]Read More ▶▶

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